Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College students at graduation


Please check your catalog year for your correct graduation requirements.

Bakersfield College degrees may be obtained using one of three General Education Patterns. Follow the Bakersfield College General Education for an Associate Degree, follow the CSU Breadth for a degree and transfer to a California State University, or follow the Interstegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for a degree and then transfer to a University of Californian or one of many private schools.

Patterns are located in the Bakersfield College Catalog and on our General Education Patterns page.

For earlier catalog rights, please refer to the appropriate online Bakersfield College catalog.

Associate Degree Guidelines

The Associate Degree requires 60 degree applicable or transfer level units.

General Requirements

  • General Education Courses
  • BC Major Courses
  • Elective courses, if needed to reach 60 units

Additional Graduation Requirements:

Types of Associate Degrees

BC offers four types of Associate Degrees

In addition to the four Associate Degrees, BC offers the Baccalaureate Degree in Industrial Automation with additional requirements. See the Catalog for additional information and talk to a counselor to make sure you meet all requirements.

Generally, only one Associate in Arts degree may be earned at BC. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Office of Student Learning at (661) 395-4305

  1. Educational Planning: Completion of a designated course and a student education plan within the first 15 units at Bakersfield College. Recommended first semester:
    • Agriculture: AGRI B1
    • Allied Health: NURS B100
    • Applied Science and Technology: INDT B10 FACE: FDSV B50
    • Physical Education: PHED B1A
    • Physical Science: ARCH B1; ENGR B47
    • Student Development:STDV B1, STDV B2, STDV B6
  2. Minimum of 60 degree applicable units with at least a 2.0 gpa.
  3. At least 12 of the 60 units must be completed with Bakersfield College.
  4. Completion of the required courses of a designated major with a minimum grade of "C."
  5. Competency Requirements:
    • Composition: completion of English B1A with a minimum grade of "C."
    • Mathematics: Two years of high school algebra or MATH B70 with a minimum grade of ‘C’; or an equivalent score on the Placement/Assessment.
    • Reading: a satisfactory score on the Bakersfield College Placement/Assessment or a satisfactory grade in ACDV B50.
  6. Completion of a General Education Pattern: Choose 1: Bakersfield College General Education Specific Requirements, or California State University General Education Breadth, or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
  7. Completion of one course with a minimum grade of ‘C' meeting the Multicultural Requirement
    1. Associate in Arts (18-24 units major preparation)
    2. Associate in Science (24-30 units major preparation)
    3. Associate of Arts for Transfer (AA-T)
    4. Associate of Science for Transfer (AS-T)

File for Graduation

  • Download and Complete the Candidacy for Graduation
  • Log in to InsideBC
  • Click on "Tools" on the top menu bar.
  • Select "MyDegreePath."
  • Check your Degree Works to make sure your catalog rights are stated and the major you are requesting is the major being evaluated.
  • Students whose major is not correct can choose to process a "What if Evaluation."
  • Under "Worksheets" click on "What If" to the left; choose your catalogs rights; choose the major you want to process and click the "Process What If" button on top.
  • Under "Degree Progress" you need to be at a 96% to file for graduation.
  • If your "Degree Progress" is under 96% you need to see a counselor.
  • Print your "MyDegreePath" and attach it to the Candidacy for Graduation Petition form. Turn them both in at the Admissions and Records office Window #6.

NOTE: A student completing their final coursework in the summer, but who would like to participate in the once a year May commencement ceremony, should file for summer graduation beginning April 7 to May 1.

Students must file for graduation before the following deadline dates:

Semester Application Period Begins Deadline to Submit Application
Spring 2018 August 1 October 15
Summer 2018 October 15 April 1
Fall 2018 April 1 July 1

Commencement Ceremonies

Commencement ceremonies are held once each year in May. Students who complete their degree requirements during the fall, summer or spring prior to the ceremony or who will complete them in the following summer, are eligible to participate.

Diplomas are mailed to graduates by the end of July.

The associate in arts or the associate in science degree shall be conferred by the Board of Trustees of the Kern Community College District upon a Bakersfield College student who has satisfactorily completed the requirements. These requirements are consistent with those prescribed by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges and the Board of Trustees of the Kern Community College District.

Kern Community College District